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Day trips from London - Archive Articles

Ideas and suggestions for day trips outside of London across the rest of the UK.

Finally seeing inside Windsor’s Clewer Church
Finally seeing inside Windsor’s Clewer Church

Finally seeing inside Windsor’s Clewer Church

On the outskirts of Windsor town centre is an ancient church that for over 400 years, owned the land that Windsor Castle stood on, and the King had to pay rent for it.

Nov
16
A 900-year-old tradition: Dunmow Flitch Trials to allow same-sex couples to take home the bacon
A 900-year-old tradition: Dunmow Flitch Trials to allow same-sex couples to take home the bacon

A 900-year-old tradition: Dunmow Flitch Trials to allow same-sex couples to take home the bacon

Fancy doing something odd? Well, if you're a married couple who can prove that you're very happily married, you could carry off a massive amount of bacon.

Sep
18
Imber Bus 2023: Thousands turn up to visit an empty village in a fleet of old buses
Imber Bus 2023: Thousands turn up to visit an empty village in a fleet of old buses

Imber Bus 2023: Thousands turn up to visit an empty village in a fleet of old buses

On Saturday, several thousand people took the chance to take a trip in a random assortment of buses to an empty village where no one lives, because, well, why not?

Aug
21
It’s time to start booking your Heritage Open Day tours
It’s time to start booking your Heritage Open Day tours

It’s time to start booking your Heritage Open Day tours

For a couple of weeks in September, thousands of buildings across the UK, mostly outside London, are open to the public.

Aug
03
Imberbus Returns: Take trips in old buses through the Salisbury military firing range
Imberbus Returns: Take trips in old buses through the Salisbury military firing range

Imberbus Returns: Take trips in old buses through the Salisbury military firing range

If you fancy spending a very special day riding a load of old buses through a military firing range, then reserve a date in August as Imberbus is returning.

Jun
30
Tickets Alert: Visit the UK’s largest particle accelerator – the Diamond Light Source
Tickets Alert: Visit the UK’s largest particle accelerator – the Diamond Light Source

Tickets Alert: Visit the UK’s largest particle accelerator – the Diamond Light Source

In the countryside not far from Didcot can be found a stunning flying saucer of a building, which also happens to house a large particle accelerator, and they open it a few times a year to the public for free tours.

Jun
23
The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst is offering public tours of their historic buildings
The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst is offering public tours of their historic buildings

The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst is offering public tours of their historic buildings

Not far outside London is Sandhurst, the British Army's military training centre for officers, and the grand buildings hidden behind high walls can be visited on special tours.

Jun
22
Tickets Alert: Climb to the top of Windsor Castle
Tickets Alert: Climb to the top of Windsor Castle

Tickets Alert: Climb to the top of Windsor Castle

For a couple of months each year, it’s possible to climb to the top of the ancient Round Tower inside Windsor Castle, with views that reach right across London.

Jun
16
Day trips from London: Dorney Court, Buckinghamshire
Day trips from London: Dorney Court, Buckinghamshire

Day trips from London: Dorney Court, Buckinghamshire

A Tudor manor house built around a hall that dates from the Doomsday Book and is only occasionally open to the public -- is open this month.

Jun
06
Tickets Alert: Help to re-chalk the Uffington White Horse
Tickets Alert: Help to re-chalk the Uffington White Horse

Tickets Alert: Help to re-chalk the Uffington White Horse

A few years ago, I spent a couple of hours bashing an ancient monument with a hammer, and this summer, there’s a chance to do it again.

May
29
Free tours of a Nuclear Fusion Reactor
Free tours of a Nuclear Fusion Reactor

Free tours of a Nuclear Fusion Reactor

Did you know that the world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor is not far from London, and it's occasionally open to the public for tours?

May
26
Tickets Alert: Tours of Eton College have resumed
Tickets Alert: Tours of Eton College have resumed

Tickets Alert: Tours of Eton College have resumed

Outside London, the rarified airs of Eton College are opening their doors to ordinary folk this summer for a series of tours.

Mar
22
Tickets Alert: Tours of Dorneywood House and gardens
Tickets Alert: Tours of Dorneywood House and gardens

Tickets Alert: Tours of Dorneywood House and gardens

Gifted to the nation for the use by a government minister, just outside London can be found a modest mansion that’s also open to the public, but only for a couple of weeks a year.

Mar
20
Tickets Alert: Visit the Chevening House gardens
Tickets Alert: Visit the Chevening House gardens

Tickets Alert: Visit the Chevening House gardens

The date of the annual open day of Chevening House's gardens has been announced, and it's a chance to wander around an impressive garden normally reserved for government ministers and their staff.

Mar
13
Cold War bunker open days confirmed
Cold War bunker open days confirmed

Cold War bunker open days confirmed

If you fancy a trip to see a relic of nuclear war, then the open days to go into an underground bunker near Haywards Heath have been announced.

Mar
06
Tickets Alert: Rare tours of Birmingham’s brutalist railway signal control box
Tickets Alert: Rare tours of Birmingham’s brutalist railway signal control box

Tickets Alert: Rare tours of Birmingham’s brutalist railway signal control box

It's not London, but, yikes, this will appeal to you lot, as the famously brutalist signal control box at Birmingham New Street station will be open to the public for one day later this month.

Mar
03
Knole House – a day trip to an Archbishop’s Palace
Knole House – a day trip to an Archbishop’s Palace

Knole House – a day trip to an Archbishop’s Palace

Barely an hour from central London is one of the UK's most important palaces, which is curiously not that well known.

Feb
28
A day trip to – Hever Castle
A day trip to – Hever Castle

A day trip to – Hever Castle

Not far from modern London is a castle that 500 years ago was to be the scene of a political crisis that shook Europe, and still affects us to this day.

Feb
15
Imberbus day confirmed for this August
Imberbus day confirmed for this August

Imberbus day confirmed for this August

If you fancy spending an exceptionally surreal day taking trips through a military firing range in some old buses, then get ready to reserve a date in August.

Feb
13
Only couples can apply for the Coronation Concert
Only couples can apply for the Coronation Concert

Only couples can apply for the Coronation Concert

The ballot has opened to be among the thousands watching the Coronation Concert in Windsor Castle, but only for people who are applying for two tickets.

Feb
13
Tickets Alert: Tours of Longford Castle, near Salisbury
Tickets Alert: Tours of Longford Castle, near Salisbury

Tickets Alert: Tours of Longford Castle, near Salisbury

During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, an unusually shaped castle was built on the banks of the River Avon not far from Salisbury, and 450 years later, it’s still a private home that a few years ago, started opening to the public, but only for guided tours.

Jan
16
Snowdrop days at Thenford Arboretum
Snowdrop days at Thenford Arboretum

Snowdrop days at Thenford Arboretum

If you fancy a day in the countryside surrounded by small white flowers, then Thenford Arboretum, not far from Banbury, is having its annual snowdrop days in February.

Dec
27
2022
Tickets Alert: Visit Diamond Light Source – the UK’s largest particle accelerator
Tickets Alert: Visit Diamond Light Source – the UK’s largest particle accelerator

Tickets Alert: Visit Diamond Light Source – the UK’s largest particle accelerator

In the countryside not far from Didcot can be found a stunning flying saucer of a building, which also happens to house the UK’s national synchrotron, and they open it up to the public for free tours.

Dec
15
2022
Win £5,000 of holidays in Landmark Trust’s heritage homes
Win £5,000 of holidays in Landmark Trust’s heritage homes

Win £5,000 of holidays in Landmark Trust’s heritage homes

A fundraiser for a heritage houses charity is offering up to £5,000 of free weekend breaks in its homes across the UK.

Nov
21
2022